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Briefing Date:01/18/2005
Topic:Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo: Final Report

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Committee on the Review of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park

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Congressional Briefings
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
1309 Longworth House Office Bldg. -- 1:30 p.m.
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B-308 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 5:00 p.m.

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Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo: Final Report

Asked by Congress to review operations at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park after a series of untimely animal deaths, this new report from the National Academies finds that progress has been made since an interim report was released in February 2004, which found several shortcomings in the care and management of the animal collection and zoo facilities. However, this final report also states that problems in areas such as staff training, workplace culture, and strategic planning still need to be addressed.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 19, 2005 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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